Senate President Bobby Joe Champion’s Historic Family Unity Legislation Re-Passes in Senate 

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On Friday, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the Minnesota Senate passed the conference committee report of the Minnesota African American Family Preservation and Child Welfare Disproportionality Act, landmark legislation to address disparities in child welfare cases.  

“Systematic discrimination and racial disparities in the child welfare system has been separating Black families in Minnesota for decades,” said Senate President Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis), who chief authored the bill. “This law is a major step toward preserving the essential relationships between parents and their children, and keeping siblings in the same household. The creation of the African American Child Well-Being Unit and the African American Child Well-Being Advisory Council are a recognition of the need for cultural competency and accountability, and ongoing grant funding provided for in this bill is a commitment to ending disproportionate treatment and damage caused by unnecessarily broken homes. 

I look forward to seeing this historic legislation passing in the House and reaching Governor Walz’s desk. Families and communities have been waiting for this moment, and I am so proud to see this law’s time has come.”

Senator Bobby Joe Champion
Senate PresidentSenate District 59
Bobby Joe Champion represents District 59, which includes portions of downtown and north Minneapolis in Hennepin County. He is also an attorney.

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